Background: Growing evidence for the advantages of robotic pancreatoduodenectomy (RPD) has been demonstrated internationally. However, there has been no structured training program for RPD in Japan. Herein, we present the surgical training model of RPD and a standardized protocol for surgical technique. Methods: The surgical training model and surgical technique were standardized in order to implement RPD safely, based on the Dutch training system collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Results: The surgical training model included various trainings such as basic robotic training, simulation training, biotissue training, and a surgical video review. Furthermore, a standardized protocol on the surgical technique was established to understand the tips, tricks, and pitfalls of RPD. Conclusions: Safe implementation of RPD can be achieved through the completion of a structured training program and learning surgical technique. A nationwide structured training system should be developed to implement the program safely in Japan.

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Takagi, K., Umeda, Y. (Yuzo), Yoshida, R. (Ryuichi), Yagi, T. (Takahito), Fujiwara, T. (Toshiyoshi), Zureikat, A.H. (Amer H.), … Koerkamp, B.G. (Bas Groot). (2021). Surgical training model and safe implementation of robotic pancreatoduodenectomy in Japan: a technical note. World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12957-021-02167-9